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Cherries: Symes loving it up top with pace ace Josh
Published : 02 Sep 2010 07:00:00
MICHAEL Symes is hoping to build a productive strike partnership with Josh McQuoid after describing the emerging star's recent performances as brilliant. The duo have formed an impressive pairing in attack in Cherries' past two league matches and caught the eye in the 3-3 draw against Notts County. Having played together for the first time in the victory at Tranmere, Symes provided the assist as McQuoid continued his scoring streak with a fine opener against the Magpies. McQuoid went on to net a second, while Symes's strong leading of the line would also have pleased Cherries as they continue life without Brett Pitman. The frontmen missed Tuesday night's JPT defeat at the hands of Torquay United due to injury, and while McQuoid could return when Cherries visit Huddersfield Town this weekend, Symes is rated doubtful with a shoulder problem. But Symes is keen to forge a successful partnership with homegrown talent McQuoid, who has waited patiently for a regular starting place since breaking into the senior squad. When asked about his team-mate following the County clash, summer signing Symes told the Echo: He's got blistering pace so he's always going to be a threat in behind and he's a good finisher as well. Hopefully, we can get a good partnership going. It's always easy for a striker if you're playing up front with someone who's got good pace. I can hold the ball up and win my flick-ons, and also create chances for him. I can always slip him through with his pace he is going to cause anyone problems. His finishing is spot on as well. Symes, who was Accrington Stanley's top scorer last term, is also aiming to chip in with more goals himself, having bagged 19 during the 2009-10 season. Hopefully, I'll start scoring a couple more goals myself and he will carry on the way he has in the past two games, said Symes, who played through the pain barrier against the Magpies. The 26-year-old will be hoping Cherries can quickly regain their winning League One form following the dramatic end to that match. Symes added: At 3-1 up with about 10 minutes to go, you'd expect to see out the game. We've got to learn from it to make sure it doesn't happen again. It's only early in the season, which is a good thing, and we can make sure it doesn't happen again now.